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September 9, 2009

Pirated copy of District 9 posted online

Posted: 12:41 PM ET

A DVD-quality copy of the sci-fi blockbuster "District 9" was posted to file-trading networks over Labor Day weekend. According to, the movie was downloaded over one million times within the first 24 hours.

Downloads of "District 9" are likely to exceed the leaked workprint of "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," which News Corp. President and COO Peter Chernin claimed in May had been downloaded over 4 million times.

Most movies are available on the Internet within a few days of their release, but the quality of these early leaks is typically poor and all but the most prolific pirates avoid them.

The "District 9" release is described as an R5 copy, or a retail DVD sold in Region 5 - Eastern Europe, India, Africa, North Korea and Mongolia. Studios release R5 DVDs early and without any special features or image processing in an effort to compete with bootlegs in areas where piracy is prevalent. The R5 copies are not meant for sale in any other region but that doesn't stop them from being distributed on the Internet.

The popularity of "District 9" among an admittedly geeky online subculture and a high-quality early release have attracted millions of downloaders. Executives at Sony Pictures, which is distributing the film, are probably cringing at these numbers, but any effect on box-office sales has not yet been reported.

Don't shed too many tears for Sony Pictures, though. The film, which reportedly cost less than $30 million to make, has already earned over $100 million at North American theaters.

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Bangkok Thailand largest city with a number of six million people and a metropolis covering 3,000 square miles is hardly the first port of call you would expect on a loosening break.

But Bangkok is deemed to be one of the world most exciting cities and I was intrigured enough to want to spend a few days exploring a small price of it before moving north.

an Cha da, One of Travelbag well-advised hotels was perfect. perfectly located at the popular shopping/office area of Huai Khwang, It is a little way from the hectic centre and has a rather tucked away but very welcome rooftop pool. (I couldn resist starting and ending my days with a reviving swim experiencing the stunning city views at sundown.) The Cha da Hotel is conveniently found on the MRT, Bangkok main subway line, Making travelling easy, Convenient and very; A one way ticket to the most station, Hua Lamphong, loses 38 bhat (merely a 78p). then, Chinatown is a ten minute vanish.

I wanted to find out where people suggested I eat and what the specialties were. Everyone Thai dating response was the identical: It seemed Tom Yum was the general favourite. This classic Thai noodle soup is said to soothe and restore the body and mind. thinking that sounded exactly what I needed, I heeded their advice and want the seafood variety, ben Yum Talay.

The king prawns were some of the largest I had seen and there was a generous amount of squid and white fish. sizeable pieces of lemongrass, Root ginger and chilli are still in the broth when served, Adding intense flavour but cautious when eating.

You could head for a restaurant but with the immense array of street vendors around Chinatown, It really is the place to go for a great selection, Oodles of fresh air and freshly cooked dishes. Generous portions come at affordable prices (Do not expect to pay anything more than per person, Including a nice chilled big bottle of Chang Thai lager including ice and a straw!) I had arranged with Zara at Travelbag to be on a half day temple and city tour, Which was wonderful absorb the atmosphere of the The Old City, Bangkok spiritual and ancient heart.

The Old City is thick with temples but by far the best was Wat Pho, The oldest temple in Bangkok. the grounds were serene, remarkably beautiful and felt intensely spiritual. The 46 metre long stunning image of the reclining Buddha is a sight to behold.

although not part of the tour, Do be certain to start early (with regards to cooler) And spend a couple at The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaeo the remarkable site houses the very sacred and much revered Emerald Buddha image.

all of the Wats (wats or temples) Are for the people and without regard to faith, Everyone is welcome but do ensure your arms and legs are covered and shoes removed before entering.

Another focus of my stay was a half day Colours Of Bangkok bike ride. the particular business is run by two Dutch men who have lived in Bangkok for 17 years and know it well. With two fellow riders from holland and our Thai guide, We carefully navigated throughout the main roads to view a normally unseen side of the city.

We met some of the people who originate from the north but come year on year to the Bangkok to work. Thailand has only 5% unemployment and it clear the people are certainly enterprising and hard working, Just to make ends meet. even, Despite their difficultie, people were genuinely happy to welcome us and show off their meagre homes. consistently, I was humbled by the Thais and Buddhist chosen lifestyle.

The rest of the tour took us into green jungle on the other side of the river, Which consists of acres of coconut and palm farms, Plus a wonderful park where the locals come for a bit of peace, Quiet and climate at the weekend.

Bangkok was an eye opener and I am glad I took the extra days here to look for the delights of a city so huge yet so gentle, Polite and respectful. we are taking this piece of their culture on my journey.

Read more about Carla ter Maat adventures in south east Asia in Seven Days Magazine on Saturday, may 17

Carla ter Maat is sales manager for Drakes boutique hotel and restaurant working in brighton. She delights in discovering great finds whether fine food importers, Local wine producers or excellent restaurants and she travelling throughout the globe to do so.

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